AWS gathers Asean cloud community in massive SG summit

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) recently hosted over 10,000 technologists from across the Asean region to share and collaborate on the latest AWS features and services at the AWS Summit Singapore 2019. 

The inaugural AWS TechFest, which took place on the first day of AWS Summit Singapore, was a full day event dedicated to technical audiences such as developers, data scientists, application architects, and IT Professionals. There were hands-on labs, bootcamps, certification information, and deep-dive technical training curated by subject matter experts who shared their real-world experiences and lessons learned.

On the second day of the summit, AWS global infrastructure and customer support vice president Peter DeSantis gave the opening keynote, joined by AWS customers, Indonesian start-up ‘unicorn’ company Traveloka, and Certis, Singapore-based leading advanced integrated security services company. 

A wide variety of technical breakout sessions, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops also helped professionals better understand how they can build their organization on AWS Cloud. 

The event also featured the interactive and experiential AWS Solution Expo, where AWS and AWS Partner Networks members presented their latest cloud solutions, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analytics, and more to help customers get the most out of AWS Cloud.

“Cloud technology has paved the way for accelerated innovation, helping businesses remain relevant and competitive by lowering costs, and providing the solutions to create and bring services to market quickly,” said Nick Walton, managing director for Asean at AWS.

Inaugural AWS DeepRacer League in Asean

This year’s AWS Summit Singapore also saw the world’s first global autonomous racing league, DeepRacer League taking place in the Asean region. The live event provided developers with the opportunity to explore ML in a fun and highly entertaining way, as they raced using 1/18th scale AWS DeepRacer cars driven by reinforcement learning, which is a branch of ML that is ideal for training autonomous vehicles.

At a racing area in the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre, developers tested their models and had their lap times with their cars recorded onto a Speedway Leaderboard. Participants with the fastest times won a chance to advance to the AWS DeepRacer Championship at AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas, and compete for the coveted AWS DeepRacer Cup.

AWS Hackdays 2019 Grand Finale: Hack For Good

Six teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam respectively took part in the grand finale of AWS Hackdays 2019, an annual education and hackathon event, where they spent 12 hours developing a relevant, real-world solution using AWS’s features and services.

Under this year’s theme of “Hack for Good”, builders in the region showcased their innovation and demonstrated skills as they developed solutions to potentially drive positive impact in the areas of HealthTech, AgriTech, Smart City, or FinTech. The winner of the Asean edition of AWS Hackdays 2019 will earn themselves the airfares and accommodations  to AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas.   

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